231 work continues; Sendelweck Curve work upcomingJuly 23, 2021
By CANDY NEAL
Indiana Department of Transportation workers have several projects underway in the area.
U.S. 231 in Huntingburg is partially paved and crews are just about done with drainage work on the road near the railroad tracks.
Soon, state work crews will start making improvements at the state road’s intersection with 12th Avenue. And work to straighten Sendelweck Curve on State Road 56 will start sometime next month.
INDOT is resurfacing U.S. 231 from Sunset Drive to 19th Street in Huntingburg, which is part of the Next Level Roads project Gov. Eric Holcomb announced in 2017. So far, the state road has been paved from Sunset to State Road 64.
U.S. 231 from State Road 64 to 10th Street closed Monday so that workers could complete a drainage improvement project. That includes replacing a box culvert and installing new inlets and storm water pipes to work in conjunction with the existing drainage infrastructure south of the railroad tracks. That work should be done around Monday, said Jason Tiller, communications director for the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Southwest District.
Crews are scheduled to start working at the intersection of U.S. 231 and 12th Avenue in Jasper on Monday, “That project is for intersection improvements,” Tiller said. “So there will be added turn lanes, signal upgrades and some pavement patching.”
Once that is complete, crews will remove the signal at U.S. 231 and 19th Street in Huntingburg, he said. U.S. 231 paving will also continue north from State Road 64 in Huntingburg.
Sometime in August, State Road 56 at the Sendelweck Curve will be closed to straighten out the road section and make it less curvy. Sendelweck Curve is east of Haysville; it starts 2.8 miles east of U.S. 231.
Dirt work started last October and took a while, Tiller said.
“Right now, they are finishing up the grading and taking care of the subgrade of the road, basically the underside of the road and the road bed, the material underneath the asphalt that makes the roads strong,” he said. “And then they should be working on the pavement shortly thereafter. They should have all of that done between now and mid- to late August.”
Sendelweck Curve is comprised of two curves going in opposite directions, making an S shape. The state is working on land south of the existing road. State Road 56 will then be realigned onto that land to straighten the curve some and improve the sight distance for drivers. That should happen in August when the section of the road is closed to traffic.
“So in mid- to late August, you're looking at a (road) closure to tie in the existing road with the new newer one,” Tiller said.
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